September 13 – Happy Birthday Patricia Parker (aka Patty Lane)

 Patty Lane = Patricia Parker
Patty Lane = Patricia Parker

So whenever I have a day for which I have no Amsterdam Birthday Celebrants nominated or selected, I do a cursory Google search like the one I did for today’s date. I entered “born in Amsterdam, NY on September 13” and hit the “search” button. I then browse through the results to see what comes up. The listings usually include several obituary and entries and I usually click on a few of those to see if there’s an interesting Birthday Blog post hiding within one.

That’s how I found the obituary listing for a lady named Patricia Ann Parker, who was born in Kingston, NY on September 13, 1931. Her obit stated that she had passed away in November of 2014, that at the time of her death she was a resident at the Wilkinson Center and that she had worked for years as an insurance agent for the Martin & Bergen Insurance Agency here in Amsterdam and also once had her own miniature doll house business up in Perth. Then I discovered the “story” I was looking for. Patricia Ann Parker had once been a singer in Dusty Miller’s band. I had just researched the career of “Amsterdam’s favorite Cowboy” for the Birthday post I wrote for Dusty and I had found a piece in a 1951 issue of the Amsterdam Evening Recorder that I fell in love with. I remember when I read it, I couldn’t figure out if it was intended as a story or an ad, which made its presence in our local paper even more interesting to me. Here’s the content of that piece, beginning with its provocative headline:

You can read that headline in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.


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